Babies Love Massage

There was much cooing, squealing and smiles from the 10 lucky babies who were recently treated to an infant massage session at Engadine Library.

The introductory class was the latest instalment of Engadine Library's monthly Parenting Support and Information Sessions. The session was facilitatied by local resident and practicing nutritionist, doula and massage therapist Briony Howland. Briony runs her own classes in infant massage but kindly volunteered her own time to introduce local mums to the basic techniques.

Briony began the session by explaining the benefits of infant massage to both parent and child. Those benefits include strengthening bonds and communication, easing wind and colic, developing baby's sensory awareness and helping baby to achieve a restful sleep. Briony explained correct positioning and the ways to adapt these depending on the age and reaction of the baby, before demonstrating the various massage techniques appropriate for infants.

It was a very interesting, informative and fun hands-on session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance, particularly the babies! Many of the mums expressed an interest in learning more about infant massage and attending further classes with Briony.

The next parenting information session will be 'Is Your Child Gifted?' This session will be facilitated by educator Kylie Walker. It will be held on Tuesday 20th April at 10.30am.
For more information:
Engadine Library
9548 6003